Journal of Apicultural Science

Food plants of Bombus terrestris L. as determined by pollen analysis of faeces

Journal of Apicultural Science. Volume 50, Issue 2, Pages 101-108, ISSN (Print) 1643-4439
n 2002 - 2004, faeces samples were collected to paper pockets stucked to the wall under the entrance to wooden hives settled by colonies of Bombus terrestris. A total of 105 faeces samples were collected during three years study and microscope preparations were made thereof. In the samples 56 pollen grains types belonging to 28 families were identified. The majority of the identified pollen types came from entomophilous taxons. A certain part of pollen could not be identified because of its extensive destruction during digestion. For each study year, based on pollen analysis data a food supply sequence for Bombus terrestris was worked out.
Bombus terrestris, food plants, pollen analysis of faeces, digestion of pollen
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